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Poetry by Liana Margiva


Old man, what are you grieving over on ocean's shore?

Your dismal glance what seeks in perky waters?

What needs your heart that cries the tears of  blood

When real tears have dried up?


Why shakes the hand that brushes off a tear from wrinkled skin,

Perhaps, its strength is wasted on the wiping effort of years past.

Remember, old man, many years ago this very beach

We pounded each day with our feet that run as fast as wind

T'wards  long and sweet embrace!


We gave a solemn oath to stay together,

Where our feet were caressed by the waves,

But squalls of life were tearing us apart.

And, after wounds were healed, we'd start to seek

Each other once again across the ocean waves.


Oh, how my soul was yearning for the beach

Where seagulls soared above the mighty sea,

And where you were waiting just for me!


On foggy day of our distant youth

A wooden boat sailed the river Life,

And I went running, stumbling and falling,

With bleeding hands and knees to meet my dream.

But fog was blown away and apparition vanished,

The boat was empty and the dream was gone.


But wait, the boat was far from empty!

It brought me many years of  Solitude

And pain to last me to my dying day.

Our rendez-vous beneath the stars

Did not take place and my sweet dream

In which you loved me never did come true .


My soul was never to return again

From distant land where dreams reside.

It lost its way among the twinkling stars

In nooks and crannies of the Universe

In search of you, my love.


My heart cries over a delightful dream

That never did come true .

I wish I could discover

The path that leads to my dreamland

Where I could stay forever in your arms!


Don't grieve, old man, for you are not alone.

In distant land where ice and snow rules

And flowers would seldom grace the soil,

For you I waited by the frozen stream

And so sweet was my enchanted dream.


These arms of yours that now hang fatigued

Were strong and wiry and they held me close

To your big heart, which like a bell was tolling

For our love amongst the calm of night.


 At dawn I kissed your tender loving eyes,

And in the rain I missed  your sweet embrace.

When snow came I grieved for years past

That by your very absence were disgraced.


Don’t cry, old man, wipe off the bitter tears:

I shed enough for both of us for years.

And don’t regret not seeing your reflection

In my adoring eyes, and that my caring hand

Remained untouched by yours.

Alas, the life has passed and we will slip to yonder

Like withered flowers get absorbed by Earth.


Don’t cry, old man, don’t aggravate my pain,

For all I want now is a quiet ascention

To blissful garden hidden by the rain

Where Almighty will accept his daughter

Who was unloved on this blessed Earth,

And who was sentenced to life’s ruthless slaughter.


You cry, old man, it seems that earthly fortune

Had little mercy on your wretched soul,

And now you are alone, forgotten

Bemoan your fate and long for my return.


In vain, old man, I walked the Earth

In search for you too long

Until with solitude I wed

By twist of fate and paid my debt

To you in full.


Old man, where that distant shore,

Where ocean roars, where you cry

For me, I found you not ?!!!


So here we are, both shedding bitter tears

For dreams that didn’t come true ,

We failed, both me and you

To find the love we sought

You by the ocean,

I – by the frozen stream…


By Liana Margiva


 Translated from Russian by Anatol Kardiukov



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Reviewed by Regis Schilken 12/16/2010
Powerful words for a person like me.

Rege Schilken
Reviewed by Axilea MU 6/29/2010
Liana, you have a way of writing about loss with bitter-sweet irony, and such accomplished lyricism.

Reviewed by Andy Turner 6/27/2010
Has the depth and substance and as profound as Chekov.
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 6/17/2010
Liana, I'm sorry I'm so late in reaching this moving and readily identifiable poem. You teach us that there can be beauty in sadness.
Somehow, as I am drawn into the poem, I feel as though I am part of it. What a lovely way to come home to. Thank you. -gene.
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 5/27/2010
Almost too stunned to comment. This is beyond wonderful, Liana. So full of love and longing! Clear and sweet as an Alpine stream. Terribly sad, but at the same time, there is so much love and understanding that I can't imagine anyone reading it without feeling their heart beat faster. From happiness, not despair. Compassion and talent and art have come together to tell us a story that is both as old as the ages and as new as tomorrow. T h a n k . y o u !!!!
xOx Phyllis xOx
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 5/23/2010
This is beautiful Liana, thank you for sharing
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 5/22/2010
Fabulous work here Liana. Patrik
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 5/9/2010
A mournful tale of love and loss from two who walked different paths. Touched my heart.

Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 5/3/2010
Liana, this is a beautiful, bitter-sweet tale of love and loss and the poetic sights and sounds of the "mighty" sea add charm to the tale. Well done!
Reviewed by Jon Willey 4/30/2010
Liana, somehow I missed this moving work when you first published it to the den -- no matter,for I have now had the pleasure of reading and sharing the emotions of its melancholy message -- gently, yet with a sense of high anxiety you carried me through these two lives, this one romance that stood not the test of time -- hearts were broken, a life slipped quickly past in anticipation of reunion on the frozen stream of lost love -- this, is a very special work my dear friend -- your creativity and expert writing skills shine brightly -- may peace and love be always with you -- Jon Michael
Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen 4/22/2010
Powerfully resonant and reflective of the mystery of Spirit's manifestation on the earthly plane. A masterpiece, Liana. So very much to savor herein. Love the imagery of the soul lost amongst the twinkling stars of the universe.
Peace and Blessings,
Reviewed by Larry Matthews 4/20/2010
Ah, do not worry souls once united are never apart.Only sleeping deep in your heart.One day to awaken with sudden start. As a loving God performs His art.

Blessings Luke
Reviewed by John Domino 4/18/2010
Wonderful poetry. You touched my heart! Yes, old men and women we will all be some day. Let's pray that we will write something meaningful to others and touch the lives of many along the way.

Love and blessings,

John Michael Domino
Reviewed by Elizabeth Russo 4/17/2010
So very sad...dreams sought and never realized...the pain is palpable, but the piece is so well written. Very emotional. Best, Elizabeth
Reviewed by Dayvid Graybill 4/16/2010
So sad. I am drawn into the yearning.
Reviewed by Morning Star 4/12/2010
Lina this poem left me breathless heart stirring piece
so powerful and such beautiful
Vividness and images captured by your words
Brilliant piece!!
wishing you Love Peace and Light...Yolie
Reviewed by Barbara Henry 4/8/2010
Powerful and touching!

Barbara Henry
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 4/6/2010
Liana, this is so beautiful and so moving.
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 3/31/2010
Liana this is a beautifully written story poem
Love & Blessings
Reviewed by Don Juan Amante 3/30/2010
this made me long for the beach and the memory. outstanding work. so sad and heart touching.
Reviewed by Paul Judges 3/30/2010
I really enjoyed this one, Liana
Reviewed by Inspire Hope 3/29/2010
Heartfelt and a very powerful write Liana, written with excellence! Thank you for sharing and for caring, may the Lord make your heart glad and answer your unspoken requests! Blessings and the favor of the Lord be upon you Liana!

Much Love,
Reviewed by Barbara Terry 3/28/2010
Very emotional yet very tender too. Sometimes what we dream will shatter like crystal on the marble floor, because the dream cannot come true. This is a wonderful tale of seeking and heartbreaking. But the sad part is that people live this kind of life every day no matter what country they live in. Thank you Liana for sharing.

May the Lord Bless you, and those whom you love, and be with you always, and walk by your side. With love in my heart, joy to the world, peace on earth, & ((((((((((MANY WONDERFUL SISTERLY HUGGGGSSSS)))))))))), your den sister Barbie
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 3/27/2010
...emotions spill over me as I read this...superb Lina!!
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 3/27/2010
Sad, meaningful, and very moving, Liana. Thank you for sharing this gift. Love and best wishes,

Reviewed by Carole Mathys 3/27/2010
As we age often thinking about the dreams that we chased but never got to live...always wondering, what if. This is a splendid poem that we can all relate to on whatever dream we chased...well done, Liana.

Reviewed by Holly Ibbitson (Reader) 3/26/2010
Excellent write Liana.
Blessings & Peace, Holly
Reviewed by JMS Bell 3/25/2010

Reviewed by richard cederberg 3/25/2010
Unrequited love and the enduringness of memories.
I was taken on the magic carpet of your poetic thoughts.
It felt as if your poem was written for all of mankind.
Your gift is surely God-given dear Liana.
Love and blessings to you ...
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 3/25/2010
One of your best Liana. Perfect from the beginning to the end.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Micki Peluso 3/24/2010
Sometimes you just take my breath away--this is one of those times. This poem is beyond my capacity to describe it's beauty and depth.

Love, Mick peluso
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 3/24/2010
sad and so well written!
Reviewed by Diana Wiles 3/24/2010
An absolute masterpiece...!!

Hugs, Diana..
Reviewed by Richard Orey 3/24/2010
I think it's quite impossible for most readers here to feel the depth of sorrow that lives in a heart that has longed for decade after decade for that which cannot be, even till the time of "Old Man" comes racing to reality.

My dear Liana, at 77 years of age and most assuredly an "Old Man," I share that there are a number of hopes and dreams that I have harbored for a lifetime only to finally acknowledge that fulfillment is not to be. That sudden epiphany has the potential of breaking one's spirit.

For me, the salvation has been to focus not on what did not come to be but on what I have been blessed to hold dear since I turned a youthful 14: My loving companion and devoted wife for 58 years.

You have shared with me enough for me to know how it is you understand such unrequited longing, yet I am startled at how it is you speak with such accurate authority about how it is to be an "Old Man."

You have given us an extraordinary piece of poetic literature for which I am most thankful.

With love and respect,
Reviewed by Mary Grace Patterson 3/24/2010
It was such a long lonesome journey , filled with unfullied hopes and dreams that went by the way side. Very Touching and surreal. IT grips one's heart Liana. So many of your poems are filled with sadness and bittresweet thoughts, yet they deliver a message which many can relate too...A Great sad poem!!!!........M
Reviewed by George Carroll 3/24/2010
In the sea of my thoughts you have calmed the winds of grief that oft times catch our sails and lead us to lonely shores. Well done Liana.

Reviewed by Georg Mateos 3/24/2010
"...Don't grieve, old man, for you are not alone..." no, I am not, the seas are my companion but I can't go there as an accumulation of years became the anchor that holds me ashore, and, as you ask, "...Donít cry, old man, donít aggravate my pain..." I will "...wipe off the bitter tears..."


Reviewed by The Poetess 3/24/2010
I have goose bumps sailing over me! This reminds me of a love I lost, but didn't lose.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 3/24/2010
A bittersweet saga, reminds me a little of the Ancient Mariner for some reason only with a romantic twist. Enjoyed and felt this one deep in my briny blood.
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